This afternoon, the Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a plan to invest $30 million in three West Atlanta communities where the Atlanta Falcons will build a new stadium.
Today’s vote comes after a city council committee last week approved the plan, which was hotly debated for months by a special committee of city officials and neighborhood groups.
Supporters say the plan and its process were heavily influenced by a similar effort when the Georgia Dome, the Falcons’ first and current home, was built. Supporters say the community benefits plan attached to the new Atlanta Falcons stadium is partly a product of learning from the mistakes made when the Georgia Dome was built. However, critics say the current plan is too vague and doesn’t give neighborhoods enough control.